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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (original 2012; edition 2012)

by William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)

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Title:The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Authors:William Joyce
Other authors:William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 56 pages
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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (2012)



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The story of a man who lost his color until he runs into a women who drops her book and leads him to a library. In this library he spent many years with the books until it was time to move on. After he leaves a young girl emerges from the double doors and enters the library where she reads the story of the man in which he had written in a book. The story is great to share with the kids in explain how their are different genres and how they are different from each other. ( )
  Mb_Flor | Mar 5, 2017 |
Great to use for story elements such as symbolism and imagery, etc. Can use for connections to text, self, and world ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
Review: Mr. Morris Lessmore finds a love for books that he had desired for his life. He took care of books, read them, and loved them.
Critique: This is a great fantasy because it takes a subject in reading and creates an amazing story that children can connect to in their minds. It is also a great fantasy because it can foster a love for books and make students find a love for books like Mr. Lessmore found. ( )
  lbenfield15 | Mar 2, 2017 |
A young man loves books, and he loves them until he is old.
  edwardcandler | Jan 29, 2017 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
Review: This book was about Mr. Morris Lessmore who loved words. Books read themselves to him until he was old and finished his own book. Mr. Morris leaves, but guides a new girl to the books. This is a good fantasy book because it was still believable and not all parts were strictly fantasy, but books did read themselves and were personified.
Comments on Use: This book could be used to introduce genres and show that a mix of all genres are important. It shows how books can come alive with imagination. ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Jan 27, 2017 |
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For Bill Morris and Coleen Salley, who devoted their lives to books & To the memory of Mary Katherine Joyce, whom the jealous Fates took too soon.
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Morris Lessmore loved words.
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Mr. Morris Lessmore loved books and was writing the story of his own life when a storm came and upset his routine.  He is lead to a building filled with flying, talking books where he learns to appreciate many different stories.  Mr. Morris Lessmore continues to write his life story as he grows old and upon reaching the last page reveals to his friends, the books, that it is time for him to go.  He leaves behind is book and a young girls enters the book building to enjoy the never changing books.  I will be hard pressed to read this book to its end without crying!!  Such a beautiful story that celebrates the joy of reading and the illustrations are a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality.  You feel like you can fly into the pages!

The story began as a tribute to the late Bill Morris, the soft-spokenm dry-witted pioneer of library promotions.  Then hurricane Katrina devastated Mr. Joyce's home state and interrupted progress on the book.  The author saw firsthand the curative power of stories as he visited displaced children reading donated books in the shelters.  Unable to paint for long periods of time because of eye surgeries, finishing the book took many paths -- an Academy Award-winning animated short film, a groundbreaking story app, and now at lasts the book.  It is the most personal story of Joyce's career. [from the back jacket flap]

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Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books; after a powerful storm carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.… (more)

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